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Department of Linguistics

Morphology (Masters)

Course Code:
15PLIH006
Unit value:
0.5
Taught in:
Term 1

Provides an introduction to the major concepts in the study of morphology and discusses its place within linguistic theory.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

The objective of this course is to provide an introduction to major concepts in the study of morphology and discusses its place within linguistic theory. At the end of the course students will be familiar with different types of morphology and how it is used across languages. They will be aware of which principles of language govern the distribution of morphology and how morphology interacts with other components of language.

Workload

This course is taught over 10 weeks with 2 hours classroom contact per week.

Scope and syllabus

The syllabus provides students with the materials to build on their existing knowledge of morphology. It begins with the introduction of core notions in morphology including the nature of morphemes, morphological processes, derivational morphology, inflectional classes and paradigm. The second part of the course builds on this knowledge to examine the interfaces between morphology and phonology and morphology and syntax. The course ends with discussion of how morphology is theoretically modelled in current approaches to the topic.

Method of assessment

One 5,000 essay to be submitted on the final day of the first week of Term 2.

Suggested reading

A reading list will be provided by the convenor at the beginning of the course.